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Profile of a goat farmer

The goat dealer Maria de Pino Hernandez has been milking every day, for the last 14 years. She is one of the 95 women in Fuerteventura work on a goat farm. She started this way of life, to make goats cheese, as the best way to take care of her son at home and still make money. She is following in the footsteps of her mother, who relocated to Gran Canaria, when hard times hit Tuineje 50 years ago. Maria returned in the 1980's where she worked in the hotel trade and city council until falling pregnant. Four months after her son was born she decided to become a goat farmer and cheese maker. She settled in the same region that her mother was born. Maria has to get up at six every morning to milk 74 goats. In her corral, are about 150 more animals, ewes and kids, that do not need milking. When she has finished milking, she returns home to start making cheese for approximately two hours.

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